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House of the Day #10: 1714 W. 91st Street | by reallyboring
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House of the Day #10: 1714 W. 91st Street

1714 West 91st Street is a beautiful example of a Chicago bungalow. Built in 1930, using yellow brick with simple stone ornaments (keystones, window ledge, capitals, et cetera) that were likely painted brown later to integrate with the color scheme of the roof, awnings, and trim.

 

A bungalow can be defined as "a low house, with a broad front porch, having either no upper floor or upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows." This house departs from those conventions in ways typical of the Chicago bungalow. The house is very narrow thanks to the width of the city's standard lot. It does have a partial upper floor, with a dormer and windows looking out over the street, and a hipped roof. Rather than a front porch, which wouldn't be useful for a large part of the year, a protruding sun room with handsome windows dominates the front. There is a full basement - made clear by the glass block "window" at ground level - which is unfinished in this case, but could be to nearly double living space.

 

Bungalows similar to this one were built at a furious pace in Chicago in the 1920s, blanketing swaths of the city and suburbs. They were arguably the first truly modern housing for working-class residents, and quite durable. Their present owners tend to take great pride in maintaining them. Bungalow districts throughout the city, including this small pocket near the Beverly stop on the Rock Island Line, frequently stand out from surrounding areas for the obvious extra care taken.

 

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Taken on May 28, 2011